How can I avoid mood swings during perimenopause?

Women’s health nurse practitioner and menopause clinician Marcy Holmes discusses how a woman can avoid mood swings during perimenopause. Watch Marcy's video for tips and information women's health.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Here are a few tips to avoid mood swings during perimenopause:

  • Foods high in omega-3’s and vitamin B: Foods high in these nutrients can help with cognition and fight mood swings. Get omega-3’s from salmon, flax and walnuts. Legumes and whole grains are excellent sources of vitamin B.
  • 8 hours of restful sleep: A healthy sleep schedule gives your body the rest it needs so you’ll be less prone to dramatic mood swings. Try using a sleep mask or take Dr. Mehmet Oz’s (Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University) Ultimate Sleep Challenge.
  • A Healthy Social Network: Studies show that women with a healthy social network maintain stronger cognition and overall brain function.
  • Challenging mental activities: Overcome memory lapses by exercising your brain. Pursue challenging mental activities like playing an instrument or tackling a puzzle.

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